The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

Director: Peter Hedges

Writer: Peter Hedges (Screenplay) Ahmet Zappa (Story)

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, CJ Adams, Odeya Rush, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Rosemarie DeWitt, David Morse

 

Plot: A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.


Tagline – He’s a force of nature.

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Beautiful Fantasy

 

Story: The Odd Life of Timothy Green starts as Cindy (Garner) and Jim (Edgerton) a married couple learn they can’t have children, in one last night of accepting the truth, they write a list of ideas that would have been their dream child place it in a box and bury it in their garden.

That night something unexpected happens, when the couple learn that Timothy (Adams) comes to life and the couple must deal with being a parent for the first time. Timothy goes through the childhood problems where he meets Joni (Rush), but he is keeping a secret from everybody.

 

Thoughts on The Odd Life of Timothy Green

 

Characters – Cindy is the artistic wife that works in a gallery, she is devastated about not being able to have children, once Timothy turns up she wants to give him everything she wanted to for a child. Jim is a factory worker that sees Timothy as a chance to be a father he never had. Timothy is the boy that appears one night, he has all the good the parents want in their child and shows that he is going help the depressed parents that are facing a childless future, he inspires the people around him, while dealing with the everyday problem in life of a young boy. Joni is the girl that Timothy meets and accepts him for who he is because she knows she is just as different as him, they bring out the best in both.

PerformancesJennifer Garner has a reputation for being one of the best parental figures in acting today, she shows us just why she is always picked. Joel Edgerton is strong here too as we believe he is the one that is seeing his chance to be a father in his character. CJ Adams as Timothy is wonderful showing the innocence his character requires to make a difference in the world. Odeya Rush brings everything needed for the rebellious outcast character that has the heart of gold to give to the right person.

StoryThe story here follows a couple that believe they can never have a child only to get an unexpected surprise when one arrives, one they created, they are given new hope as they see new horizons in their lives and the ones he touches. This is a story I didn’t see coming, it felt original in the way everything was handled and shows just how anyone can walk into somebody’s life and change it forever. When it comes to the child learning aspects of a story, this is everything we have seen before, but the fantasy elements make the biggest impact on this story. the story does play into your feelings and will be one that you don’t forget easily.

Comedy/FantasyThe comedy used in the film is standard material, you will get a laugh when you need to even if we are looking at the more serious moments often. The fantasy comes from Timothy as they learn more about his true presence in the world.

SettingsThe film is set in a small town which shows how close the community is when it comes to dealing with their own problems, this helps with the outcome of the film and helps us see how everyone knows each other.


Scene of the Movie –
The leaves.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The football match is poorly shot.

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightful fantasy film that will deliver on the feels, you will see the direction it is heading in, but you will want to be part of the journey.

 

Overall: Delightful.

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The Giver (2014)

giverDirector: Phillip Noyce

Writer: Michael Mitnick, Robert B Weide (Screenplay) Lois Lowry (Book)

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites, Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, Odeya Rush, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Swift

 

Plot: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the “real” world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable

 

Story: The Giver starts by taking us to the community that has been formed after war where we meet Jonas (Thwaites) who about to be assigned his job once they finish school, along with his best friends Fiona (Rush) and Asher (Monaghan). Jonas has always been thinking he doesn’t fit in, you know what this is just going to be the same old young adult idea, I can see it coming.

Jonas gets given the ultimate honour being selected as the new receiver of memories the highest honour anyone could get in the community. He receives training from The Giver (Bridges) the close to retirement age meaning he will give Jonas al of the memories of human history the one thing no one in the community is allowed to have.

Becoming the Receive means he can change the rules learn about something beyond their world which could bring down the community forever as Jonas becomes confused that no one else is allowed to feel these memoires.

The Giver is another young adult film that follows the traditional style of the film with an almost check list of ABC of things to see in the movie. I did like the idea of how the world is created and could fully believe that it comes off correctly for these people. I did like how the emotions really hitting our character and how it changes him. Where it could come off negatively is that we did see this happen to often in the genre but if this is a one off film in the genre it would have been a lot popular and we would see the end of the story in later film.

 

Actor Review

 

Brenton Thwaites: Jonas reaches the age where all school student graduates and enter into the chosen careers, Jonas is given the biggest honour and that is being the next Receiver. Jonas has to go through training which is going to give him all the emotions from human history but this only drives his desires to learn more about the world he lives in. Brenton is good in this leading role fitting the traits needed for the young adult genre.

Jeff Bridges: The Giver is the outgoing Receiver that needs to train Jonas and not make the mistakes he has made before. He tries a different approach from a life time of having the memories that have consumed him free the rest of the community. Jeff is good in this role never looking too out of place.

Meryl Streep: Chief Elder runs the community and with this power she watches over everything making sure everything in the community stays calm. Meryl is good in this supporting without really getting to the highest levels of her abilities.

Alexander Skarsgard: Father is the man that has raised Jonas because in this world you don’t have parents, he is good man never understand anything he does could be wrong. Alexander is solid in this supporting role.

Support Cast: The Giver has a small supporting cast with the genetic characters you would expect to see like the love interest and the reluctant best friend going into battle. They all work well in the stories path that help along the way.

Director Review: Phillip NoycePhillip does give us a good young adult film which does come off like the ones we have seen before.

 

Romance: The Giver does use the love angle to push the character to finally achieve the freedom desired.

Sci-Fi: The Giver puts us into a world where emotions are banned and well we have seen before but everything comes off really well.

Settings: The Giver creates a world we can see isolated from the world believe they are safe in their ways.
Special Effects
: The Giver has good special effects to make see the black and white mix with the colour being seen by the characters.

Suggestion: The Giver is one to try if you are a fan of the young adult genre. (Try It)

 

Best Part: The world created.

Worst Part: It is a builder film.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Could have one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline: Search for truth. Find freedom.

 

Overall: Another good addition to the young adult genre.

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Goosebumps (2015)

goosebmpsDirector: Rob Letterman

Writer: Darren Lemke (Screenplay) Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski (Story) R.L. Stine (Books)

Starring: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Amy Ryan, Jillian Bell, Ken Marino, Halston Sage

 

Plot: A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer’s imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Pure Nostalgia Fun

 

Story: Goosebumps starts when Gale (Ryan) her son Zach (Minnette) move to a new house from the busy city lifestyle. Zach doesn’t take long to meet the neighbour Hannah (Rush) and her father Stine (Black) who instantly bans him from seeing his daughter. Zach has to start a new school where he meets Champ (Lee) while his mum is the new vice-principal.

When Zach believes Hannah to be in danger he breaks in with Champ and they discover all of the R.L. Stine books locked on the shelf but once they open one the creature from the book comes to life, but it is Slappy from another book that unleashes all of the creatures from Stine’s books upon the town leaving it up to Stine, Zach, Hannah and Champ to save the town from all of the horrors.

Goosebumps is part of my childhood when I watched all of the stories and seeing this clever way of changing this bringing it into a modern era. We could have just had a movie based on just one of the creation but making an original story looking at the idea that the author really creating monsters will keep the fans happy because every creature makes an appearance. This is one of the most fun films I have seen this year and if you are a fan of the original material this will be one you enjoy.

 

Actor Review

 

Jack Black: R.L. Stine is now a recluse author that keeps his daughter Hannah away from the outside world. When his work is unleashed upon the town he must go fight against Slappy his smartest creation who releases all of his nightmare creations. Jack fits this character perfectly getting to use his comedian ability without just being a silly character which this could have fallen into.stine

Dylan Minnette: Zach is the new kid in town, he has recently lost his father so this move is his family’s chance at a new start, he takes a shine to his new neighbour Hannah and while trying to find out about her, he accidently releases her father’s creations from the books he has written. Zach is a very typical new boy in town character where he ends up looking like a loser to the high schoolers early on but has to make himself a hero by the end. Dylan is good in this role even if he does look slightly too old for high school.

Odeya Rush: Hannah is the daughter of Stine who is home schooled but just wants to make friends, she sees Zach as a chance to make a friend and escape her prison like home. Odeya is good in this role fitting the typical high school crush for our lead.

Ryan Lee: Champ is the geeky school friend of Zach, he becomes the typical sidekick character stating the obvious throughout the film even though he does have his own entertaining side story with the gorgeous girl Taylor. Ryan is good in tis comical sidekick role through the film.

Support Cast: Goosebumps has a good supporting cast that all helps add comedy to the overall story without being over the top, letting our leading character take the most part of the story.

Director Review: Rob LettermanRob gives us a film that understands the source material and builds on everything we all know and love about the books.

 

Adventure: Goosebumps gives us a great adventure for our leading characters that will keep you guessing from start to finish.

Comedy: Goosebumps has good comedy moments through the film that all work without taking away from the overall story.

Fantasy: Goosebumps brings us into a fantasy world filled with creations from one of the most iconic horror authors.

Horror: Goosebumps brings us a string horror creations through the film.

Settings: Goosebumps uses a small town as the setting keeping us knowing that the creatures need to be stopped before they spread.
Special Effects
: Goosebumps has great effects to create the creatures keeping them in a style that we would like to see in the style of the film.

Suggestion: Goosebumps is one for fans of the original work to love and everyday audience to enjoy. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Having a story that bounces with any story you would have seen with Stine’s work.

Worst Part: While we do get a couple popular characters and see most, certain ones could have been popular and not given the same time as others.zach

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Left open for one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $58 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 43 Minutes

Tagline: The stories are alive

 

Overall: Brilliant fantasy childhood walk down memory lane for all fans

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